Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002  

The following news has me stumped:

Men with Homosexual Tendencies Not Fit for Priesthood, Says Vatican Response to Question from a Bishop

The response is focused in a paragraph of the letter that reads as follows: "Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from the pastoral point of view, very risky. A homosexual person, or one with a homosexual tendency is not, therefore, fit to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders."

Andrew Sullivan and the American Church Democratization Brigade is going to have a field day over this. Pederasts can continue in the priesthood - but not homosexuals? Or have I got it all wrong?

In any case, whatever happened to the rights of the seminarian? If homosexual tendencies are the results of man's sinfulness (Rom 1:24, 26-27), then is that a sufficient basis to deny priesthood? For which priest can claim to be blameless?

Or have I got it all wrong?

posted by Kensy | 5:15 AM
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Hinduism as a religion
Pederasty and the American Church
Caste in Indian Christianity
Syro-Malabar engagements
Syro-Malabar weddings
Divine Retreat Centre
Varsha Bhosle and Ideological Relativism
Anti-Conversion Ordinance and the Church stance
Self-Righteous Rightism
The Hindutva Attack on St. Francis Xavier
Varsha Bhosle and the Church (U-turn)
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